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Tools needed:
Jack, Jackstands or a lift.
Clip remover tool or a small flathead screwdriver
3/8 ratchet with 9 inches of extension
8mm allen head socket
10mm hex socket
32mm socket and 1/2inch ratchet
Drain pan
People needed: 1, or 2 if you leave your second drain pan out of reach
Parts needed:
2 gallons of diaqueen sst fluid=$150/gallon
1 oem filter=$150

Time=about 1.5hrs

1: Lift the front of the car and support it with jackstands, unless you have access to a lift.
2: Remove the center lower shield and the drivers lower shield. About 30 small clips pry up on the center button and they release. There are 2 10mm bolts on the drivers side to remove.


3: Locate the fill hole on top of the transmission, it is an 8mm allen. You will need the 9 inches of extension here. I undo this first to aid in the draining of fluid. It flows quicker and it doesn't gulp gulp on the way out making a mess. If you have a stock air box you will have to remove it.


4: Remove the three drain plugs, 8mm allen again. I started with the lowest one on the trans thinking it would have the most to drain, I was wrong. Each one had quite a bit in it. I tried catching all of the fluid to measure it. I caught over 5 qts and spilled about 2qts. The service manual says you need just under 6qts on a drain and fill, after doing this I don't agree.


5: Drain the cooler, this is not necessary but I opted to do it. Locate the lower hose on the cooler slide the clamp back and pull the line off.


6: Locate the OEM filter, it is on the drivers side, and twist off lefty loosey 32mm socket works very well but you can use a large crescent wrench in a pinch. Install new one righty tighty.


7: Reinstall removed drain plugs (27ft/lbs) and cooler hose with clamp.
8: Fill transmission from top fill hole. I used 7qts because thats what I removed.

9: Reinstall fill plug. Double check all of your work, i.e. all drain and fill plugs are torqued and the filter is tight. Also make sure your line is back on the cooler and the clamp is on and tight.
10: Start car and recheck for leaks. I put the car in gear but if you are only on two jackstands don't.
11: Reinstall the lower covers

I changed my fluid at 28k miles the filter was pretty dirty, in hindsight I should have done it at 15k. I just think the first 15k a lot of debris is coming out of the transmission, break-in and such.
 

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Great write up! Will be doing this as soon. I have the Deep Pan and Trans Cooler kit from SSP and am glad there is finally a write up for this.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks! Gonna be doing this probably next weekend when I install the SSP front mount. That filter costs waaay too much, but I'm glad I got it after looking at your filter
 

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Awesome write one just 2 little things. After you fill it up crank the motor so the transmissions pump will suck up the fluid and fill the lines. Then put it in each gear to get all the air pockets/ect out.

Then check the fluid level WHILE the car is idling, fully warm and level. Until oil you check trans fluid WHILE the motor is running.

Awesome right up.
 

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the fill hole i think we can use this to put the temp probe, for sure when the tranny is in use that part is also being touch by oil.




or this 3 drain plug. but when you do this make sure on time your gonna change the oil casue it will drain the oil.

 

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How do you know when the fluid level is full? I bought 2 cans of SSTF, I hope that's enough with the added SSP front cooler...

the ssp front cooler uses the filler plug as the outflow for the new cooler
 

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How do you know when the fluid level is full? I bought 2 cans of SSTF, I hope that's enough with the added SSP front cooler...

the ssp front cooler uses the filler plug as the outflow for the new cooler
Fill it up until it reads full on the dip stick and then add a little more. Crank up the car and recheck it. Add more fluid if need be to the full mark.
 

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When the tech at the dealership changed my SSTF, they started up the engine, engaged the tranny to clear the air pockets, then removed another bolt facing the firewall to check the fluid levels

i was told that the fluid shd be filled till it starts overflowing from that bolt
 

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When the tech at the dealership changed my SSTF, they started up the engine, engaged the tranny to clear the air pockets, then removed another bolt facing the firewall to check the fluid levels

i was told that the fluid shd be filled till it starts overflowing from that bolt
Should have a dip stick ? I dont have a auto trans, So I dont know if it has a drip stick or not. I know the pan is on the side and come to think of it would be kind of odd to check the fluid with a dip stick as it would been in the pan.
 

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How do you know when the fluid level is full? I bought 2 cans of SSTF, I hope that's enough with the added SSP front cooler...

the ssp front cooler uses the filler plug as the outflow for the new cooler
No dipstick, unless you are running SSP's deep pan w/dipstick (so glad they made this pan!). ;)

As for how much fluid you will need with the SSP Transmission cooler it will take 8-8.5L.

7-7.5L for stock change, and add 1L for the extra Trans cooler.
 

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$450 for a trans fluid change...what did I get myself into... :-/
Bryan, I paid $372 shipped if that makes you feel better...

Fill it up until it reads full on the dip stick and then add a little more. Crank up the car and recheck it. Add more fluid if need be to the full mark.
So if there's no dipstick, can someone post a pic of this bolt we're supposed to take out to check levels. Is there a better way?

No dipstick, unless you are running SSP's deep pan w/dipstick (so glad they made this pan!). ;)

As for how much fluid you will need with the SSP Transmission cooler it will take 8-8.5L.

7-7.5L for stock change, and add 1L for the extra Trans cooler.
&@!$%, I hope it's 8L, because that's all I have. Seems silly to shell out another $100 for an extra .5 liters
 

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That fluid is 150 a gallon? You must be shitting me.. Its hydraulic fluid.

Hell I runn John Deer Hy-guard in my drag car (c4) its built up but still half way stock. its 13 bucks a gallon
 

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&@!$%, I hope it's 8L, because that's all I have. Seems silly to shell out another $100 for an extra .5 liters
You should be fine with 8L. ;)

That fluid is 150 a gallon? You must be shitting me.. Its hydraulic fluid.

Hell I runn John Deer Hy-guard in my drag car (c4) its built up but still half way stock. its 13 bucks a gallon
The Diaqueen SSTF-1 Fluid is far from Hydraulic fluid. If you think $150 a gallon is expensive, SSP's Pro Red Fluid is $75 a liter! :p
 

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You should be fine with 8L. ;)



The Diaqueen SSTF-1 Fluid is far from Hydraulic fluid. If you think $150 a gallon is expensive, SSP's Pro Red Fluid is $75 a liter! :p
Transmission work by pressure and fluid

fluid and pressure = hydraulics.

correct?
 

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You are correct. But your statement makes the the SSTF-1 Transmission fluid sound as simple as some everyday hydraulic fluid, which is not quite so. ;)
Most transmission fluids are the same.. But its just be a he said she said unless get some type of anaylaist
 
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